Thousands tour renovated LDS temple

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by Justin Corr

NWCN.com

Posted on October 13, 2012 at 7:39 PM

Updated Saturday, Nov 23 at 10:22 AM

BOISE -- Thousands of people, of all faiths, toured the newly renovated LDS Temple in Boise on Saturday, and hundreds of thousands are expected in the next month.

"We expect over 10,000 people today," said Kim Farah on Saturday morning. She's with Public Affairs with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. "They started at 9 o'clock, and we're running about 1,000 people an hour."

After 16 months of renovating, the Boise Mormon Temple is now finished, and started hosting free tours on Saturday. Those tours will run for the next month.

"We expect 200-300,000 people will be going through the temple," said Farah.

Shuttles will run all day, and reservations are encouraged, as organizers try to control the massive flow of people.

"It's crazy!" said Whitney Nelson of Boise. "I mean, it's exciting, and I'm glad that a lot of people want to come out and see it."

The temple is obviously a draw for those of the Mormon faith in the area, like Nelson. "I thought it was beautiful."

But, it's also a draw for non-Mormons from hours away. "We just wanted to come see the temple," said Katie Burright, a Catholic from LaGrande, Oregon.

In a month, when the temple is dedicated, only certain members of the LDS faith will be allowed in. So, Katie, like many others, wanted to take a look while she could.

"I love the history of churches," sadi Burright. "Just having friends who are LDS, I wanted to see what they're talking about, and this is an opportunity that we were able to do that."

"I think they've been seeing this building for years and years, that's been right off the interstate, and I think there's some curiosity," said Farah.

That curiosity will likely keep drawing thousands to Boise for the next four weeks.

"We have people coming from all over the state, and Utah, and a couple different countries, as well," said Farah.

Organizers say opening up a temple before it's officially dedicated is tradition, and happens for every temple across the world.

If you're interested in taking the tour, we've setup a hotlink to help you with that.

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